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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 45

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"This would not be a good time for a strong gust of wind," Fup reflects, hugging the uphill side of a narrow ledge. The sharp plunge two feet to her right affords a long, uninterrupted view of the distance still to cover, a wide valley swimming in deep green undulations.

"Pretty good for us, though," Wiggums volunteers, "all this walking."

"So one of those Fitness Council creeps got to you too, huh?" Bear intercedes, imitating the voice of some character Fup can't place.

"Aw, you've got it all wrong," Zooey follows. "It's not like that, Homer." Another impersonation. They break up laughing, Zooey and Bear.

They're giddy, quoting TV shows, speaking in funny voices. Bear begins affecting the weary gait of one who's been wandering the desert for ages. Wiggums joins him, dragging his belly through the dirt, murmuring, "Water. Water. My kingdom for a thimbleful of water."

Joe and Zooey break out ahead on their own.

Fup proposes, "We could just not go back. We could live together on Wiggums's farm, hunting for our meals and sunning ourselves, and visiting Joe in his pasture when we please."

"Bipolar much?" Bear replies. "An hour ago you were pining so bad for your sisters I thought you might run all the way home."

Which is when they hear the roar from up ahead. Not a whinny or a bark, but a roar.

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That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
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"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
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In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
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Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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